2015 marked record year for asylum seekers

The Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) has released its 2015 statistics.  In 2015, 162,877 people applied for asylum in Sweden. That is more than any previous year, and about twice as many as came at the height of the Balkan wars in the 1990, when approximately 84,000 people applied for asylum.  The number of people applying for asylum in Sweden was pretty stable during the first six months of 2015, with approximately 4,000-5,000 people arriving every month. But a dramatic increase occurred after the summer, culminating in October when 39,196 applied for asylum in Sweden.  The biggest group of people were from Syria, 51,338. Many people also came from Afghanistan (41,564). This is an increase of 1,239% compared to 2014. 20,858 arrived from Iraq last year.

A large part of the asylum seekers were unaccompanied minors.  The Migration Board had estimated that some 7,800 unaccompanied minors would come to Sweden last year. The figured ended up being 35,369.

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. Back in Sweden, she headed the business intelligence unit for a risk- and security firm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.